Special thanks to our sponsors: Pitman Farms/Mary's Chickens and Whole Foods Markets for supplying the bulk of the chickens for the event. They were delicious and juicy prepared with our secret brine and grilled to perfection. Exchange Bank for providing volunteer cashiers and a sponsorship donation, and Ricardo's Bar & Grill for selling the beer and wine for us.
The 6th Annual Cherry Pit Spitting Contest was extremely popular. This year's Champions are:
- Men...Ron Crane 29'9"
- Woman...Lisa Subert 21'11"
- Junior...Rider 14'3"
- 5 & under...they were all winners!
A special Thank you to all the volunteers who made this year's picnic a great success:
Volunteers (alphabetically by first name): Bill Allen, Bill Finkelstein, Bridgette Hodenfield, Charlie Dyche, Chris Staudenmayer, Cindy Liddell, Craig Harrison, Dave Crockett, Janet Alfieri, Jim Alfieri, Jolene Cortright, Linda Huisman, Linda Staudenmayer, Marcy Hofeditz, Maria Giordano, Marie Nottingham, Martie Dyche, Mary Mack, Nancy Hyde, Nick Allen, Nikki Duncan, Patrick Channing III, Patty Allen, Rob Thompson, Robyne Thompson, Roger Fortain, Shirley Mattiuzzi, Steve Kiddo, Suzanne Thompson, Tom Mulford, and Walter Hyde. Thanks also to Exchange Bank Volunteers: Andrea Lifto, Christianne Brambila, Shelby Funez, and Therese McNealy-Peifer.
And to our Donors: Mary's Chickens/Pitman Farms, Whole Foods, Ricardo's Bar & Grill, Exchange Bank, Sonoma Sterling Limousines, Stark's Restaurant, Seghesio Winery, Sonoma County Grange Credit Union, Bennett Valley Fire Department, Korbel Winery, Limerick Lane Winery, Blue Rock Winery, Rochioli Winery, Carol Shelton Winery, D'Argenzio Winery, Joe Video, Baskin Robbins, Bennett Valley Pet Center, Bennett Valley Gardens, Total Revue Salon, Bennett Valley Ace Hardware, Los Tres Chiles Restaurant, Starbucks Bennett Valley, Molly's Bakery, Denise Thompson, Craig and Marina Chang Harrison, Dan and Moira Bessette, Mary Mack and Bill Finkelstein.
Through all its years our organization was, and continues to be, community-oriented. This annual event is a fundraiser for the restoration of the building and grounds.
A big "Thank You" to our 2016 Picnic Corporate Sponsors:
And Just for fun, here are scenes from our 1951 Picnic! It was originally shot on 8MM film. Times have sure changed!